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May 29, 2014 at 11:33am IST

UP: Policeman, 3 others arrested for rape of 2 girls found hanging

Badaun: In a shameful incident in Uttar Pradesh, two teenage dalit sisters were allegedly gangraped and murdered with their bodies found hanging from a tree in Katra village.

Police have arrested four people including a constable, who has been suspended. A case has been registered and an inquiry is underway.

The two girls, who were cousins aged 14 and 15 years, went missing from their house on Wednesday night and their bodies were found hanging from a mango tree in the village in Ushait area on Wednesday morning. The incident triggered protests in the area with villagers alleging police apathy.

As soon as the news spread, villagers gathered at the site and claimed that police had refused to register an FIR initially. They alleged that the girls were gangraped before they were hanged by the attackers. Police are awaiting the postmortem report of the two girls.

"Bodies of two minor girls were found hanging from a tree. The relatives claim the police did not respond promptly to their complaint. However, we have registered a case. 5 people have been accused, two of them are constables. We have made some arrests also," police officer Man Singh Chauhan said.

Villagers blocked the Ushait-Lilawan road, where they kept the bodies, and demanded suspension of all the policemen posted in Ushait police station. Later, police controlled the situation and convinced the villagers to lift the blockade.

The National Commission for Women is going to send a team to Badaun later in the day. "We are taking suo moto congisance in the issue and will take proper action," NCW spokesperson Nirmala Sawant said.

"This is a very painful incident. It is sad that even the police are also involved in this. They have to take action as fast as possible and send out a message. It's not easy when the police are involved. The women organizations will raise their voice if the administration does not take proper action," Vice President All India Democratic Women's Association Jagmati Sangwan said.